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Othniel

Meaning: lion of God; God is might

There were two biblical men by this name:

  1. the first of the judges (Joshua 15:17-18)

    “He is the only judge mentioned connected with the tribe of Judah. Under him the land had rest forty years.

    He was the son of Kenaz, younger brother of Caleb (Judg. 3:8,9-11). His wife Achsah was the daughter of Caleb (Josh. 15:16,17; Judg. 1:13). He gained her hand as a reward for his bravery in leading a successful expedition against Debir (q.v.).

    Some thirty years after the death of Joshua, the Israelites fell under the subjection of Chushan-rishathaim (q.v.), the king of Mesopotamia. He oppressed them for full eight years, when they “cried” unto Jehovah, and Othniel was raised up to be their deliverer” (Matthew G. Easton / Edited by Paul S. Taylor).

    “The Spirit of the Lord came upon Him” (Judges 3:10).

  2. Heldai's ancestor (1 Chronicles 27:15)—nothing else is known of him
Author: Paul S. Taylor.